40+ years of interacting with people from all walks of life, socioeconomic status, and race, often during the worst times in their lives. Problem solving from a fair and neutral position.
Upper Moreland High School & Temple University. 40+ years of Continuing Education related to First Responder Duties
The education of our children is one of the most important endeavors we undertake as a society. The people and system that parents entrust their children to must have as their only concern living up to the highest standards. Paramount to this is transparency and accountability. Sadly, adherence to this philosophy appears to have diminished with some on the current Board. I have watched my Grandson struggle during this school year. He misses his friends, and is missing out on extremely valuable lessons in personal interaction with his peers. Our children have missed an entire year of learning and growing. COVID-19 has forced changes to be made. The issue is not so much the changes, but how those changes were decided upon and implemented. Conducting meetings in closed sessions that are broadcast without the ability to actively participate, and requiring questions be submitted in advance is unacceptable. Safe meeting attendance and Zoom are options I would promote.
As I stated above, my experiences in the Emergency Services have given me a unique insight into how to work with people. I will be retired by the time I take office, so I will have the time available to dedicate to this position. Above all else, I realize that the only thing that matters when performing the duties of a School Director is doing what is in the best interests of the students, and that the School Board is no place for politics.
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McDonald Elementary Home & School President, former Corresponding Secretary; Centennial Parent Advisory Council chair; homeroom parent; media production; developing & managing paid intern program
M.S. Digital Innovation in Marketing
More parents of current CSD students and active school volunteers should be on our School Board, helping to steer our district and address concerns we hear from our kids, fellow parents, and teachers. School Board needs room parents. Field trip chaperones. A dad who has high-fived smiling students while wearing a school mascot costume. It needs life, joy. People have long said our School Board feels political and disconnected, and I want to help fix that as someone deeply involved and directly invested. Many also still think of our School Board as a circus, even as our newer directors are working to change the culture. There's a need for better communication, a sense of empathy, more consistency and continuity in the K-12 journey, and stronger coordination district-wide. I offer district involvement, communication skills, and an ability to find common ground to solve problems and get things done.
I'm a professional communicator and dedicated school volunteer. For Home & School, I've focused on stronger communication, addressed concerns about transparency in how we spend the money we raise, and implemented cleaner, clearer messaging/forms and more engaging social media to bring people together. I know we can help our community feel more welcome and informed - building trust. I'm a district parent who loves our school community. I'm running because I want to help our board continue to improve and make sensible choices for our kids and teachers. In public media, supporters invest in us because of trust, above all else. They believe in our mission of community service and the promise of quality programs. It is on us to be responsible stewards - to smartly consider how to maximize our resources to best educate and unite people of all ages across our region. Authenticity matters. Parents and teachers tell me they're excited I'm running, and I take that to heart. I owe them my best.
The School Board does not set the curriculum, but kids aren’t just in school to perform well on standardized tests. Beyond reading, math and science, they are in school to gain an understanding of the world around them and how to function in society. We should be having conversations when concerns arise and working hard to ensure every student has a chance to succeed, to feel welcome and accepted, and to pursue their dreams.
Safety is non-negotiable. Basing decisions on science and health data from experts is a must; making policy based on feelings and unfounded conspiracy theories is irresponsible and dangerous. My children, the children of my friends and neighbors, and our wonderful teachers are at risk if we try to be cute and placate people who are living in another reality. Some are willing to encourage their antics for political gain. It’s inexcusable and shameful. And this sentiment is bipartisan! As I’ve been out knocking on doors, people of all political stripes have been overwhelmingly clear that getting kids back in schools *safely* is the goal – and if they have to wear masks or consider vaccines, that’s okay. It’s not about fear – it’s about unity in the face of something we can beat if we take it seriously.